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Ioane slots into the number 15 jersey with Michael Collins moving to the bench. Sio Tomkinson is named on the wing with Josh McKay also shifting to the bench.
Tei Walden starts at second five-eighth while Josh Dickson comes straight back in at lock.
Kayne Hammington is at halfback and Ash Dixon will captain the team from hooker.
Hooker Nathan Vella, prop Ethan De Groot and lock Will Tucker will all make their debut for the Highlanders if they come on from the reserves bench.
Highlanders: Josh Ioane, Sio Tomkinson, Ngani Punivai, Tei Walden, Tima Fainga'anuku, Mitch Hunt, Kayne Hammington, Marine Mikaele Tu'u, Dillon Hunt, Shannon Frizell, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Josh Dickson, Siate Tokolahi, Ash Dixon (captain), Daniel Lienert-Brown. Reserves: Nathan Vella, Ethan De Groot, Jeff Thwaites, Will Tucker, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Folau Fakatava, Michael Collins, Josh McKay.